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Alien and Predator will both win

Alien and Predator will both win. The monster showdown will woo boys to the theater; ''Princess Diaries'' will seduce the girls

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Who knows whether Alien or Predator will win the battle, but the new horror flick ”Alien vs. Predator” will certainly emerge victorious at the box office this weekend. A movie practically tailor-made for the teenage-boy crowd, ”AVP” will have no problem dethroning Tom Cruise from the No. 1 slot with a debut of around $38 million.

While the guys check that one out, young girls will flock to ”The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” The first ”Princess Diaries” film premiered with $22.9 million three years ago, so look for the sequel to top that figure, opening with about $25 million.

Cruise’s ”Collateral,” meanwhile, should dip 45 percent in its second weekend to about $14 million, followed by ”The Village” and ”The Bourne Supremacy” with $8 million each.

Also opening this weekend is the film version of the kids’ collectors items ”Yu-Gi-Oh!,” which should manage a $7 million debut. Maybe next time they should think about challenging Alien or Predator to a duel.

Originally posted August 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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